A surprise inspection has taken place at the Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company (UDP), the company’s head Dmytro Barinov wrote on the company’s Facebook page.

According to him, the arrival of the 15-person inspection commission "strangely coincided with my rejection of the deputy minister’s proposal to resign."

"A mop-up based on all the rules of the ‘Yanukovych regime:’ accusation of direct competitors of alleged violations, instant reaction from the Ministry of Infrastructure. I hope that the experts in the commission will be objective and not implement ‘criminal orders’ from temporary people..."  Barinov wrote.

He noted that a legislative moratorium on all types of inspections was imposed in July last year.

In addition, Barinov wrote that Oleksandr Kravchenko has been appointed as the acting director of UDP for the duration of his suspension. "Yes, yes, the same Kravchenko from DUV... Fraud involving 51% of the shares in a German company, debts to the shipping company in the hundreds of thousands of euros (a criminal case filed by the SBU), a personal friend and confidant of First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Shulmeister V. Yu..." Barinov wrote.

As reported earlier, the Ministry of Infrastructure approved Barynov as the chairman of UDP in September last year, having been the shipping company from July 2 last year.

On January 30, 2015, the press service of UDP reported that UDP finished 2014 with a profit of UAH 8.1 million, its first annual profit in several years, but the size of its revenue was not made public. The company transported 2.588 million tons of cargo in 2014, which is 3.3% more than it transported in 2013 (2.506 million tons).

The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company was founded in 1944. It is one of the largest shipping companies in Ukraine. By its own estimates, the company accounts for about 25% of the transport volume on River Danube - from the estuary of the river to the port of Kelheim (Germany). The company's fleet consists of several hundred self-propelled and non-propelled river vessels and sea-going vessels with deadweight tons of 3,000-5,000 (six bulk carriers and one oil tanker). The company also has six passenger ships ships.